SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Current Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 27, 2021
Sierra Income Corporation
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
|(Commission File Number)||(State or other jurisdiction|
100 Park Avenue New York, NY 10017
(Address of Principal Executive Offices and Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 759-0777
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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|☐||Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)|
|☒||Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)|
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act: None
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Item 1.02. Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.
On December 24, 2021, the members of the board of directors (the “Board”) of Sierra Income Corporation (the “Company” or “Sierra”), who are not “interested persons,” as that term is defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, of the Company (the “Independent Directors”), approved the termination of the investment advisory agreement (the “Advisory Agreement’) by and between the Company and SIC Advisors LLC (the “Adviser”) and the administration agreement (the “Administration Agreement”) by and between the Company and Medley Capital LLC (the “Administrator”), each such termination to be effective upon the later of February 25, 2022 or the effective time of the merger (the “Merger”) of Mercury Acquisition Sub, Inc. (“Acquisition Sub”), a Maryland corporation and a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Barings BDC, Inc. (“BBDC”), a Maryland corporation, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Agreement and Plan of Merger, by and among the Company; BBDC; Acquisition Sub; and Barings LLC, BBDC’s investment adviser (the “Merger Agreement”); subject to the approval of certain proposals by the stockholders of the Company and BBDC. As a result of the foregoing, on December 27, 2021, the Company delivered a written notice of termination of the Advisory Agreement to the Adviser and a written notice of termination of the Administration Agreement to the Administrator pursuant to the terms of the respective agreement, copies of which are filed as Exhibits 1.1 and 1.2, respectively, to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated by reference herein.
The obligations of BBDC and Acquisition Sub under the Merger Agreement to effect the Merger are contingent on the satisfaction of certain conditions. Section 7.2(e) of the Merger Agreement requires that the Advisory Agreement and the Administration Agreement shall have been terminated at or prior to the Effective Time, as that term is defined in the Merger Agreement, of the Merger.
If for any reason the Merger does not close, including if the Company’s stockholders do not approve the Merger, then the Board of the Company, including the Independent Directors, would expect to consider alternatives, including the replacement of the Adviser as the Company’s investment adviser, another merger transaction or the Company’s liquidation, in the best interests of the Company’s stockholders, based on, among other things, then-current market circumstances, the performance of the Company’s portfolio and the financial position of the Company. The Company also might seek a modification to the chapter 11 plan, which was filed by Medley LLC with the United States Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Bankruptcy Court”) on August 13, 2021, and ultimately confirmed by the Bankruptcy Court on October 14, 2021 (the “Final Plan”) that would extend the Run-Off End Date, as that term is defined in the Final Plan, so that the Adviser may continue to serve as the Company’s investment adviser beyond March 31, 2022.
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains “forward-looking statements,” which are statements other than statements of historical facts, are not guarantees of future performance or results of BBDC, Sierra, or, following the Merger, the combined company, and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding the completion of the proposed transactions between BBDC and Sierra contemplated by the Merger Agreement (the “Transaction”). Such forward-looking statements may include statements preceded by, followed by or that otherwise include the words “may,” “might,” “will,” “intend,” “should,” “could,” “can,” “would,” “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “predict,” “potential,” “plan” or similar words. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in filings made by BBDC or Sierra with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including those contained in the Proxy Statement (as defined below), when such documents become available. Certain factors could cause actual results and conditions to differ materially from those projected, including the uncertainties associated with (i) the timing or likelihood of the Transaction closing; (ii) the expected synergies and savings associated with the Transaction; (iii) the expected elimination of certain expenses and costs due to the Transaction; (iv) the percentage of Sierra’s stockholders voting in favor of the Transaction; (v) the percentage of BBDC’s stockholders voting in favor of the relevant Proposals (as defined below); (vi) the possibility that competing offers or acquisition proposals for Sierra will be made; (vii) the possibility that any or all of the various conditions to the consummation of the Transaction may not be satisfied or waived; (viii) risks related to diverting the attention of BBDC’s management or Sierra’s management from ongoing business operations; (ix) the risk that stockholder litigation in connection with the Transaction may result in significant costs of defense and liability; (x) the future operating results of the combined company or BBDC’s, Sierra’s or the combined company’s portfolio companies; (xi) regulatory approvals and other factors; (xii) changes in regional or national economic conditions, including but not limited to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their impact on the industries in which BBDC and Sierra invest; (xiii) changes to the form and amounts of Sierra’s tax obligations; (xiv) fluctuations in the market price of BBDC’s common stock; (xv) the Transaction’s effect on the relationships of BBDC or Sierra with their respective investors, portfolio companies, lenders and service providers, whether or not the Transaction is completed; (xvi) the reduction in BBDC’s stockholders’ and Sierra’s stockholders’ percentage ownership and voting power in the combined company; (xvii) the challenges and costs presented by the integration of BBDC and Sierra; (xviii) the uncertainty of third-party approvals; (xix) the significant Transaction costs; (xx) the restrictions on BBDC’s and Sierra’s conduct of business set forth in the Merger Agreement; and (xxi) other changes in the conditions of the industries in which BBDC and Sierra invest and other factors enumerated in BBDC’s and Sierra’s filings with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are and will be based upon BBDC management’s and Sierra management’s respective then-current views and assumptions regarding future events and operating performance, and speak only as of the date any such statement is made. Neither BBDC nor Sierra undertakes any duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication relates to a proposed business combination involving BBDC and Sierra, along with related proposals for which stockholder approval will be sought (collectively, the “Proposals”).
In connection with the proposed Transaction, BBDC and Sierra filed with the SEC and are mailing to their respective stockholders a joint proxy statement on Schedule 14A (the “Proxy Statement”), and BBDC filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form N-14 (the “Registration Statement”) that includes the Proxy Statement and a prospectus of BBDC. The Proxy Statement and the Registration Statement each contain important information about BBDC, Sierra, the proposed Transaction and related matters. STOCKHOLDERS OF EACH OF BBDC AND SIERRA ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE PROXY STATEMENT AND THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BBDC, SIERRA, THE TRANSACTION AND THE PROPOSALS. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain the documents filed with the SEC free of charge at the SEC’s web site at http://www.sec.gov and, for documents filed by BBDC, from the BBDC website at http://www.baringsbdc.com or for documents filed by Sierra, from the Sierra website at http://www.sierraincomecorp.com.
Participants in the Solicitation
BBDC and Sierra and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees of Barings, SIC Advisors LLC and their respective affiliates, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of BBDC and Sierra in connection with the Proposals. Information about the directors and executive officers of BBDC is set forth in its proxy statement for its 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 26, 2021. Information about the directors and executive officers of Sierra is set forth in its proxy statement for its 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 28, 2021. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of BBDC’s and Sierra’s stockholders in connection with the Proposals will be contained in the Proxy Statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when such documents become available. Investors should read the Proxy Statement and Registration Statement carefully and in their entirety when they become available before making any voting or investment decisions. These documents may be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.
No Offer or Solicitation
This Current Report on Form 8-K is not, and under no circumstances is it to be construed as, a prospectus or an advertisement and the communication of this Current Report on Form 8-K is not, and under no circumstances is it to be construed as, an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any securities in BBDC, Sierra or in any fund or other investment vehicle. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|10.1||Notice of Termination relating the Advisory Agreement|
|10.2||Notice of Termination relating to the Administration Agreement|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Date: December 30, 2021||SIERRA INCOME CORPORATION|
|By:||/s/ Richard T. Allorto, Jr.|
|Name:||Richard T. Allorto, Jr.|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer|